Owen John Abbott

Owen John Abbott


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I joined York's sociology department in May 2021, having previously lectured at the University of Manchester since completing my PhD in Sociology at the University of Exeter in September 2017. My research predominantly focuses on the sociology of morality (with a particular emphasis on everyday practice), sociologies of the self, and relational sociology. Most recently, my research has culminated in the completion of a book entitled 'The Self, Relational Sociology, and Morality in Practice', published in 2019. This book won the BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize 2020 for best first and sole-authored book.  

My second book, Theorists of the Sociology of Morality, has recently been commissioned by Palgrave MacMillan. This book will provide a collection of critical essays on key social theorists whose work has informed sociological approaches to morality, with each essay setting out what the theorist’s contribution to sociological understandings of morality is, how they have been used in sociology and adjacent disciplines, and what the limitations of their arguments might be from the perspective of contemporary sociological understandings of morality. 



  • HM Sociology
  • Self
  • Morality
  • Relational Sociology
  • Social Theory